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Poverty in the Midst of AffluenceHow Hong Kong Mismanaged Its Prosperity$
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Leo F. Goodstadt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208210

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208210.001.0001

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The Undeserving Poor

The Undeserving Poor

(p.169) 6 The Undeserving Poor
Poverty in the Midst of Affluence

Leo F. Goodstadt

Hong Kong University Press

Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) is widely mistrusted by the community as a whole. Most of the opposition to social security is based on myths - that CSSA encourages workers to give up their jobs - something shamelessly created by the government and business leaders and supported by respected academic opinion. The system is designed to be as unpleasant and demeaning as possible for applicants and their children. The two largest groups of beneficiary – the elderly and the unemployed - have no alternative to CSSA because of the government-business collaboration since 1967 to prevent or postpone the introduction of a universal scheme for retirement (the Mandatory Provident Fund) and unemployment (social insurance).

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Poverty, Social welfare, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA), Healthcare, Education, Housing, Government policy, Legislation, Social inequality, Mandatory Provident Fund

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